The Foreign Service Youth Foundation was established in July 1989 to coordinate the efforts of all groups in the Department of State interested in assisting Foreign Service youth with their mobile lifestyle.
Its primary goal is to develop programming on behalf of Foreign Service young people and to ensure funding for these projects. The Foundation grew out of the recommendations of the “Youth Project Committee” formed in January 1989 by AAFSW, the Global Community Liaison Office (GCLO) and the Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) at the Department of State.
Support and promotion of Around the World in a Lifetime (AWAL) activities are two of the major functions of FSYF. AWAL, the Foreign Service teen club established by teens and their parents in 1983 to assist youngsters with reentry, also includes training and social programs for Foreign Service teenagers going overseas.Another major function is the support and promotion of Globe Trotters, the Foreign Service pre-teen club established in 1998 to provide programs similar to AWAL for pre-teens.
AAFSW continues to be closely associated with FSYF and provides grants on an a regular basis. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.